Thursday, 31 March 2016

CC&S 167 Double: IndigoBlu Butterfly

I actually don't mind coming up with a card for the dreaded double challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches (we have one of these every time there are five Thursdays in a month). You are provided with a sketch and a colour palette, surely that's your card half made! Yet sometimes, something creeps in that makes you wonder what to do exactly. This week, for me, it was the colour brown! Flowers, no, they would appear to be dead; Autumn, no, wrong season!

After flowers, my next go to would be butterflies and yes there are a lot of brownish butterflies in nature but on our cards we usually inject more colours to pretty them up a bit. So I stamped the large butterfly with a brown inkpad, cut a square from part of the image and used the yellow and blue to watercolour (still my favourite technique at the moment) parts of my image. I colour-matched the sentiment on my computer and used a scrap of textured brown cardstock as a band to tie in with the sketch. I also ran a brown inkpad along the edges of my image and sentiment to avoid two slightly different whites coming together and raised them on foam pads.

Don't be scared of the double! Please set yourself a challenge and come along and join us this week. I liked my finished card better than I thought I would.

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Big Butterfly BBII (IndigoBlu)
Inkpads: Pinecone (VersaColor), Salty Ocean & Squeezed Lemonade (TH Distress)
Sentiment Font: Allegro
Snippets: Brown textured & White cardstock

Thanks for visiting!
Stef x


  1. A fabulous card and great inspiration for the challenge.
    Kath x

  2. Bowled over Stef! Love how the butterfly looks stamped off the edge and the colours are just so perfect. A gem of a card.

  3. This is beautiful, Stef. I love the partial butterfly and the way you've subtly coloured it. The sentiment font works perfectly with it and the brown strip brings it all together - Caro x

  4. Simple, but oh so eye-catching! I love the way you stamped the butterfly, and the textured paper, and the overall subdued feel of the card.

  5. CAS perfection! Love how you have partially stamped the butterfly which is beautifully coloured too. Hugs Bev x

  6. Absolutely beautiful. I really like that you've just used part of the butterfly. I have a large butterfly stamp, I'll have to give your idea a try. Thanks for the inspiration. Liz x

  7. Wow stunning card - what a fabulous butterfly

  8. This is so beautiful. I am going to get out my watercolours and have a go at colouring like this for a swap card I need to make. Thanks for the inspiration
    Louise xx

  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! The offset butterfly is gorgeous! I also like how the subtle edging of the panels gives them more definition from the background.